The Taos Wool Festival is a two day weekend event.
Even the spinning of yarn has yielded somewhat to modern technologies.
There are a wide variety of products offered, from raw wool for the buyer to spin, to a great variety of yarns, to knitted and felted clothing, hats and other things.
A counter intuitive advertisement?
As you will see, a substantial portion of my photos are shots of the people who attended the festival.
Big skeins !
A family outing at the wool festival.
A rabbit, Angora I think, from which wool fiber is carded to make yarn.
Colorful skeins !
Conversing with a fellow wool enthusiast.
Yak and Alpaca roves.
A Rove : "to twist fibers together and draw out into roving before spinning".
Roving: "A continuous strand of loosely twisted and drawn fibers, such as wool, flax, silk, or cotton, ready to be spun".
Weaving on a loom.
A felted "Cat Cave".
Raw wool for roving and spinning.
A wooly wool enthusiast !
Feeling the Bern at the wool festival.
Ancient spinning. Modern cell phone.
Woven blankets ... we are in New Mexico, remember !
She was modelling this vest for her friends. As you will see, she attracted my lens several times during the day.
A vendor as a willing portrait subject.
Candid of a wool vendor's helper.
Yes, "Please Touch !"
Hat with matching trim and scarf.
That's a lot of yarn in each rove!
Some of the colors are pretty amazing.
Lots of choices.
Fresh wool ... still on the hoof.
Another hairy festival attendee !
The girl who earlier was modeling the white vest.
I think the breed of cat is carded for wool.
My lens will find her one more time, later in the day ...
I'm not sure if the sheep were for sale ... this was a festival well attended by people involved in all stages of wool production and use.
According to Wikipedia, Alpacas look like small Llamas, but are a different species.
All natural products at this festival ...
On the prowl for some good yarn.
Yes, Bison are here too.
There were plenty of fiber fanatics at the festival.
A choice in style and color for felted hats.
Ooops ... there she is again ! She seemed a little atypical of the typical wool festival attendee, but she was there most of the day.
Typical vendor's stall.
Fiber fanatics !
She already has a hat !
In mid afternoon a thunderstorm came up and pretty much brought the Saturday session of the festival to a halt. We scurried off and came back on Sunday.